Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland is pleased to present local authors Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson as they discuss and sign How to Defeat Your Own Clone.
CAN IT READ MY MIND? WILL IT BE EVIL? HOW DO I STOP IT?
Find out the answers to these and other burning questions in this funny, informative, and ingenious book from two bioengineering experts who show you how to survive -- and thrive -- in a new age of truly weird science.
Terry D. Johnson received his Master's in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is currently a lecturer in the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kyle Kurpinski received a Master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in bioengineering in the joint graduate group between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco.
He is the lead product development engineer at Nanonerve, Inc.
Population of genetically identical cells or organisms that originated from a single cell or organism by nonsexual methods. Cloning is fundamental to most living things, since the body cells of plants and animals are clones that come ultimately from a single fertilized egg. More narrowly, the term refers to an individual organism grown from a single body cell of its parent that is genetically identical to the parent. Cloning has been commonplace in horticulture since ancient times; many varieties of plants are cloned simply by obtaining cuttings of their leaves, stems, or roots and replanting them. The body cells of adult humans and other animals are routinely cultured as clones in the laboratory. Entire frogs and mice have been successfully cloned from embryonic cells. British researchers led by Ian Wilmut achieved the first success in cloning an adult mammal in 1996. Having already produced clones from sheep embryos, they were able to produce a lamb (Dolly) using DNA from an adult sheep. The practical applications of cloning are economically promising but philosophically unsettling.
Thanks for the kind words (I co-authored "Clone," and am in the video above). When it comes to biotech (or science in general, for that matter) there is a lot of misinformation being spread around, and our goal with this book was to play on these fears and misconceptions while bringing some truth to the masses. It's no surprise that people tend to absorb a subject better when it's presented in a way that really grabs their attention. I think that science can (and should) be both fun and enlightening at the same time; if we can educate even a few young minds out there, it will have been worth it.
If you picked up a copy, I hope you enjoyed it.
These are the books that our children should be reading in the classroom. Students are given such a bland soup of unconscionable, pretentious, semi intellectual trash from their text books. No wonder reading scores are dropping. If we gave them fun books like this one that validated their culture and dispelled this sensational fear of education and science we could create a competent generation of independent thinkers. Unfortunately governments hate independent people who won't shut up and obey so great engaging books like this will have to become the province of home schooled children and private institutes of learning.
I think ill send some mail to any private college or high school I can find right now. Should you agree with this post then find a school in your local area that might plan lessons around this engaging book.